You are on page 1of 4


12 Hoffman Street z Maplewood, NJ 07040-1114

(973) 378-8011 z

Palm Pistol™

An ergonomically novel self-defense firearm

chambered in 9 mm. Slim profile. Suitable for home
use, concealed carry enthusiasts, collectors or backup
gun. Ideal for disabled, seniors and others with manual
dexterity limitations. Optional Picatinny rail. ATF
approved as a standard pistol.

Page 1 Rev. 12/1/08

Palm Pistol™
Patent Pending


The Palm Pistol is an ergonomically novel double action only defensive firearm chambered in 9 mm that
uses the thumb for firing pin release instead of the index finger. It is both ambidextrous and bilaterally
symmetrical about its longitudinal axis rendering it functionally independent of the users hand dominance
or bilateral orientation. It has no iron sights thus rendering eye dominance and sight alignment immaterial.

One of the principal factors of inaccurate fire is lateral muzzle drift induced during trigger squeeze. Use of
the thumb for releasing the firing pin mitigates this problem. Also, the slim profile presents the ability to
readily conceal the firearm without imprinting. There are no external moving parts which permit it to be
fired from within a pocket or other clothing without the possibility of jamming on fabric. Furthermore, use
of the thumb may reduce the likelihood of an accidental discharge due to startling and body alarm
reaction (BAR) induced during a high stress encounter with an armed opponent.

The design incorporates a loaded chamber indicator and 3-digit combination disc cylinder lock which
secures release of the triggers and positively locks the breech during firing. A Picatinny rail for attaching
accessories such as a strike bezel, light or the LaserLyte Subcompact V2 laser sight may also be
incorporated as optional features.

The design is suited for home use, concealed carry enthusiasts, collectors and as a backup gun. It is ideal
for seniors, disabled or others who may have dexterity limitations or difficulty sighting and controlling a
traditional revolver or semi-automatic pistol. For example, it may serve as an adaptive defensive firearm
for people with phalangeal amputations or fusions. Approximately 30,000 non-work related amputations
involving one or more fingers occur annually within the United States.1 Its use as a medical device is

It may also have government application for employees who require personal protection yet do not
traditionally train with or carry firearms. This might include civilian administrative staff working on
government installations in high risk domestic or foreign locations (embassy personnel who are at risk of
kidnapping), employees who might be intimidated by revolvers or semi-automatic pistols, or clandestine
personnel It may also serve as a backup gun for military, police, commanders located in the confined
quarters of a tank, airline pilots or stewards or security guards.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its “Device/Not a Device” determination and
ruled the pistol will be listed as a Class I Medical Device, exempt from 510(k) Pre-Market Notification, in
accordance with and subject to 21 CFR 890.5050 “Daily Activity Assist Device.”

An effort is underway to obtain Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Durable Medical
Equipment (DME) coding for the Palm Pistol. DME is defined under federal law2 as equipment that is
capable of withstanding repeated use, is primarily used to serve a medical purpose, generally is not
useful to an individual in the absence of an illness or injury, and is appropriate for use in the home. We
argue the pistol meets this definition in that is can withstand repeated use, the medical purpose served is
extension of life expectancy, all living individuals are subject to the “injury” of shortened life expectancy
due to loss of life from criminal assault and it most assuredly is appropriate for use in the home. An
additional function of the device is prevention of sudden onset death, analogous to the benefits offered by
on-body alarm systems which permit independent unassisted living without the need for Certified Nursing
Assistants. If we are successful in obtaining DME coding, it is possible the medically prescribed purchase

Annals of Emergency Medicine, Volume 45, Issue 6, June 2005, pages 630-635.
Title 42 CFR 414.202

Page 2 Rev. 12/1/08

of the Palm Pistol will be reimbursable by Medicare or private health insurance companies for qualified

Medical indications for use include but are not limited to arthritis; peripheral neuropathy caused by
chemotherapy, infection, traumatic injury or diabetes; phalangeal amputations/fusions/fractures; distal
muscular dystrophy; multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome; ganglion cysts;
side effects of certain medications; and inclusion body myositis.

The majority of states now permit concealed carry of firearms for personal defense and this will present a
steady civilian market for this type of highly concealable gun. The integral cylinder combo lock eliminates
the need for a separate trigger locking device. The recent DC v Heller decision may produce an increased
demand for concealed carry firearms. The success of the Taser C2 and increased manufacturers
marketing campaigns in mainstream publications such as PC Magazine further suggests widespread
potential interest in this product type. Also, the increasing interest in cane fighting by senior citizens for
both exercise and self-defense, suggests a large potential market.

Sales will be direct to consumers by Constitution Arms, a licensed FFL and NJ Retail Firearms Dealer,
through the company’s own website at, various online auction websites and other
avenues. Elimination of the dealer and wholesale network will retain profits in the company and permit
price competitiveness. An attempt will be made to produce the product entirely with US made
components. The ATF has classified the design as a standard “pistol” and is thus not subject to NFA
regulations. This will permit the gun to be sold like any other traditional handgun without the additional tax
and registration requirements of designs that otherwise would have been classified as “AOW” (Any Other

For further Information, contact Matthew Carmel, President, Constitution Arms, (973) 378-8011

Page 3 Rev. 12/1/08

Parameter Advantage Disadvantage
Single shot Clearly defines firearm as self- Victim only has one opportunity to
defensive and less likely to be stop attacker before reloading.
banned outright by anti-gun
states. Attacker unable to use
against victim after first shot.
Use of thumb to fire Reduces muzzle drift. Less Unconventional mode of operation
likelihood of accidental requires familiarization.
discharge from body alarm
reaction. Thumb is stronger
than index finger. Adaptive aid
for handicapped such as users
with phalangeal amputations or
fusions, arthritis or others with
limited manual dexterity.
Laser sight Eliminates need for sight Not visible in bright daylight. Requires
alignment. Attacker may cease battery maintenance. Increases
pressing his assault when weight of firearm and makes it less
observing his body targeted by concealable.
Chambering 9 mm has reasonable stopping Less stopping power than larger
power if using a hollow point or caliber conventional rounds.
EFMJ round. Lower recoil and
cost of ammo. Ammo lighter
and less expensive than larger
Adjustable trigger Trigger pull can be customized Lighter trigger pull can increase
pull according to personal potential for an accidental discharge.
Ambidexterity and May be fired effectively without None.
bilateral symmetry regard to hand or eye
Combination lock Eliminates need for key or When locked, firearm is temporarily
separate gun lock. Can be set non-functional. Code may be
with personal code. forgotten.
No external moving Can be fired from concealment No visual clue that firearm is
parts without hanging up on clothing. operable.
Chamber access Easy access to chamber. Also None.
latch serves dual function of loaded
chamber indicator and
Grip Safeties Prevents unintentional Any mechanical safety may be
discharges. Also provides subject to physical failure.
positive locking of breech by
disabling chamber access

Page 4 Rev. 12/1/08